The Kids Are All Right: Tame Impala w/Yuck @ The Black Cat 5.6.11

If rock and roll is a young man’s game then these kids could very well be kings. Looking like they just stepped off the bus (high school bus that is) both bands brought their brand of revisionist rock to the welcoming arms of a sold out crowd Friday night.

First up was Yuck. If you aren’t familiar with the band, take a little Sonic Youth and mix it with some Smashing Pumpkins and some Pavement. Then throw in a little Jesus and Mary Chain and any other early to mid 90’s band that you can think of. Put it in a blender, press chop, and basically you’ve got Yuck...

Review: Yuck (self titled)


I love Pavement. No, I love Sonic Youth. No wait, I love Belly. No wait, I love Mazzy Star. NO WAIT. SHUT UP AND LISTEN TO ME.  I REALLY FUCKING LOVE PAVEMENT

That’s what it’s like listening to the London band Yuck’s debut.

 And it’s sort of awesome.

Don’t get me wrong. We likely aren’t going to see another album from this quartet/quintet. EVER. The songs just aren’t there. There is no identity, at least not that I can ascertain. A “check” also on the lack of originality. What there is though is a metric shit ton of love for this material.  The members of Yuck fucking LOVE the bands mentioned above and I suspect that they want you to fucking love them to. This isn’t so much emulating the bands they love as channeling them…and the results, if you are a fan of Pavement/Sonic Youth/Belly/Mazzy Star, are sorta great.

And I am a fan...